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  • The Beatby Kip Lornell; Charles C. Stephenson

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 25.00

    The Beat! was the first book to explore the musical, social, and cultural phenomenon of go-go music. In this new edition, updated by a substantial chapter on the current scene, authors Kip Lornell and Charles C. Stephenson, Jr., place go-go within black popular music made since the middle 1970s--a period during which hip-hop has predominated. This... more...

  • Let the World Listen Rightby Ali Colleen Neff

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 65.00

    In the Mississippi Delta, creativity, community, and a rich expressive culture persist despite widespread poverty. Over five years of extensive work in the region, author Ali Colleen Neff collected a wealth of materials that demonstrate a vibrant musical scene. Let the World Listen Right draws from classic studies of the blues as well as extensive... more...

  • Afeni Shakurby Jasmine Guy

    Atria Books 2010; US$ 15.00

    One of the most visible figures in both the hip-hop and civil rights movements charts her moral and spiritual development in a stirring and poignant memoir spanning five decades. As a child growing up in North Carolina, Alice Faye Williams knew that the most important thing her impoverished family lacked was land; as she puts it, "The land, to live... more...

  • Decodedby Jay-Z

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 25.00

    Expanded edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.   Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time. more...

  • Fallin' Upby Taboo; Steve Dennis

    Touchstone 2011; US$ 14.00

    Taboo, Grammy Award?winning performing artist and founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, shares the inspiring story of his rise from the mean streets of East L.A. to the heights of international fame. Few bands can ever hope to achieve the sort of global success that the record-breaking Black Eyed Peas have attained, selling more than 30 million... more...

  • One Day It'll All Make Senseby Common; Adam Bradley

    Atria Books 2011; US$ 15.00

    Common has earned a reputation in the hip-hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs. His journey toward understanding is rooted in his relationship with a remarkable woman, his mother. Common holds nothing back in this gripping memoir, both provocative and funny. He tells what it was like for a boy with... more...

  • Def Jam, Inc.by Stacy Gueraseva; Brett Ratner

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 23.95

    In the early ?80s, the music industry wrote off hip-hop as a passing fad. Few could or would have predicted that the improvised raps and raw beats busting out of New York City?s urban underclass would one day become a multimillion-dollar business and one of music?s most lucrative genres. Among those few were two visionaries: Russell Simmons, a young... more...

  • Beastie Boysby Jonathan A. Zwickel

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 35.00

    No matter where they focused their energies, the Beastie Boys have defined success by their own standards. The New York City trioŅMichael Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch, and Adam "Ad-Rock" HorovitzŅare a force of nature, still going strong after 20 years and 40 million records sold. more...

  • How to Wreck a Nice Beachby Dave Tompkins

    Melville House 2011; US$ 22.95

    The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon's speech scrambling weapon The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular music. In How to Wreck a... more...

  • The Rap and Hip Hop Quiz Bookby Kevin Snelgrove

    Andrews UK 2011; US$ 3.99

    Are you a fan of rap and hip hop? Are you familiar with artists such as Snoop Dog, Ice T and Lil’ Kim? Can you name all the trailblazing rappers and singers and their hits? If so, you will enjoy trying to answer the 100 quick questions in The Rap & Hip Hop Quiz Book. For which album did Dizzee Rascal win the 2003 Mercury Prize? What was the name... more...